Retrovirology

, 7:P120 | Cite as

Correlates of HIV knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel

  • Ekere Essien
  • Osaro Mgbere
  • Ernest Ekong
  • Susan Abughosh
  • Emmanuel Monjok
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Keywords

Infectious Disease Logistic Regression Analysis Sexual Behavior Risk Behavior Predictor Variable 

Background

Uniformed services personnel are at an increased risk of HIV infection. We examined the HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel to determine the correlates of HIV risk behaviors in this population.

Methods

The study used a cross-sectional design to examine HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors in a sample of 346 females drawn from two military cantonments in Southwestern Nigeria. Data was collected between 2006 and 2007. Using bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression, HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual behaviors were described in relation to socio-demographic characteristics of the participants.

Results

Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that level of education and knowing someone with HIV/AIDS were significant [p < 0.05] predictors of HIV knowledge in this sample. Condom use self-efficacy was significantly [p < 0.05] predicted by annual income and ethnicity. Condom use attitudes were also significantly [p < 0.05] associated with number of children, annual income, and number of sexual partners.

Discussion

Data indicates the importance of incorporating these predictor variables into intervention designs.

Copyright information

© Essien et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ekere Essien
    • 1
  • Osaro Mgbere
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ernest Ekong
    • 1
    • 3
  • Susan Abughosh
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Monjok
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Houston Department of Health and Human ServicesHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Health Research and DevelopmentLagosNigeria

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